Eurovelo 8; First Contact

A bit of a milestone (kilometre stone?) this week; I have received an email from someone asking me about Eurovelo 8 rather than Eurovelo 5. Clearly I am more of an expert on Eurovelo 5 and my ability to say much about number 8 is limited but this is what Anthony has asked;

Hi there Andrew…

In the summer of 2012 we (myself, my wife and our 10-year-old son) will be moving to live in Spain. Rather than just jumping on a boring old plane, we have decided to make an adventure of it and cycle there from the UK over a 5 month time frame from July to November.

I stumbled across Eurovelo 8 and then your web site while doing some research on the route we should take in Spain. Our house in Spain is between Alicante and Valencia so this route 8 would be ideal for us. However I can only seem to find vague references to the notion of the route, rather than a specific description of exactly where it goes. The PDF document on the Eurovelo web site discusses lots of details, with the caveat “not considering the Spanish stretch”.

Do you have access to any more information on the “Spanish Stretch” or do you know when some more information is likely to become available?

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Best regards,


Mmm… the answer is no, net yet. Sorry Anthony but you are probably more clued up about the Eurovelo 8 route than I am at the moment in that you plan to cycle your journey in 2012. I envisage that route planning for route 8 will be very similar to route 5 in that it will be a case of make it up as you go along, piggybacking upon national and regional routes where possible. In fact Anthony, you have done something that I really should do soon and that is have a detailed read of the PDF document from the ECF.

But please keep in contact and let me know how you get one. Could I pitch my tent in your new Spanish garden in late summer 2013?

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  1. Hello. We live near route 8 (we think, hard to see where it goes on the maps). We are in Cocentaina and are keen to develop cycling in the area. Any new information yet? There doesn’t seem to be much. Peter & Marjorie

  2. Hello all,

    I am similarly at a loss as to how to get the ‘spanish part’ of route 8. And what are these routes that you suggest piggybacking on?

    I’m new to the world of European cycling, although I’ve done a good deal in the UK, so I don’t know where to look for route maps.

    Has anybody come up with the goods yet?

    best wishes,


    • The following link may be useful for the first bit from Cadiz along the coast in Andalucia and it’s a good example of where the Eurovelo routes piggy-back on other regional or national routes.
      You then need to find something similar in Murcia, Valencia and Cantalonia…
      Hope this helps

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